Beginning February 7, 2021, you’re invited to join Tyland Baptist Church in a church-wide 21-Day Daniel Fast. This is the type of fast prescribed by the prophet Daniel before he went before the king, and again when he sought the Lord. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast in which we abstain from specific food groups. This takes our delight off of food and onto God’s presence. Fasting is not about trying to prove or earn anything, it is simply a posturing of our lives to hunger and thirst for more of Jesus.
If this type of fast may not be suitable for you, feel free to choose something to fast from: perhaps a certain food, television, or social media as possible alternatives. What's important is that we seek the Lord together as a family, and forsake the things we usually depend on or enjoy in order to remind ourselves of our dependence on Christ.
Why are we doing this? Biblical fasting always centers on spiritual purposes. Throughout scripture there were persons at various times who practiced the spiritual discipline of fasting. Moses the lawgiver fasted, David the King fasted, Elijah the prophet fasted, Esther the queen fasted, Paul the apostle fasted and Jesus, our Savior, fasted.
It is our desire to encounter the Lord in new ways and welcome him into our lives daily by removing distraction. We believe that prayer will get us more connected to God and fasting will help us get less connected to the things that we make more important than God.
Throughout the book of Daniel we see that fasting resulted in wisdom, spiritual insight and breakthrough in answered prayer. We pray that God will bring spiritual breakthrough in areas where we’re desiring personal breakthrough. We encourage you to take this journey with us and to see what God can do in the next 21 days!
A vital component in the Christian faith tradition is prayer. Prayer not as magic to only obtain something sought, but prayer as the means of building an intimate relationship with God.
It is important during the time of fasting to spend some quiet time alone in meditation and reflection about your spiritual journey to come to a deeper understanding about how God may be leading you. Let this time be about discovery and not seeking something in advance.
Prayer is never outdated and always makes the human condition and the willingness of the Almighty to be our guide if we let Him. To that end, we are offering a suggested prayer guide to help you along the 21 days.
(Printed copies of the prayer guide will be in the Welcome Center!)
(Below is an overview of the foods included in the fast. Click here for the comprehensive list!)
Types of food included in the Daniel Fast:
Vegetables and fruit, preferably fresh or frozen. No sweetened drinks or sweetened fruit.
It is advisable to take vitamin, mineral and possibly protein supplements during the fast. You may also include various nuts to serve as a protein supplement.
Foods not included in the Daniel fast:
Sugar and sugar products (desserts, soft drinks, etc.)
Drinks including caffeine (coffee, tea, etc.)
Bread, grains, and rice
Meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, eggs
Water: Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily during the fast. This is very important.
Side effects: You may experience moderate to severe headaches for the first day or two as your body rids itself of caffeine, salt, sugar, and various impurities.
(Printed copies are also available in the Welcome Center!)
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A printed copy of this information will also be available in the Welcome Center.
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